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NFL confirms no fine for Mark Barron

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is tripped up by St. Louis Rams safety Mark Barron for a five-yard sack in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT, THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t think the hit he took from Rams safety Mark Barron on Sunday was dirty. The NFL agreed.

The league office has confirmed that Barron will not be fined for the hit on Roethlisberger.

The NFL adopted rules protecting quarterbacks from getting hit in the knee after injuries suffered by Carson Palmer and Tom Brady. But Palmer and Brady had already thrown their passes when they were hit and injured their knees. Roethlisberger still had the ball when Barron hit him.

Maybe next offseason the NFL will expand the rules once again, to provide further protection to quarterbacks’ knees. But right now, the league office is OK with Barron’s hit on Roethlisberger.